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  1. locknload223
    05-16-2011 07:07 AM - permalink
    Thanks for the reps!!
  2. WE3ZS
    03-29-2011 12:37 AM - permalink
    Part six......
    Finding a decent set of used spring can be a challenge but can save you some money, of course you may not know how many miles or how much abuse they have seen. I got very lucky with a set of take-offs with 20k miles from a co-worker for free. They are available from the dealers, try to get as much discount as possible, my local Ford stealer didn't want to play ball with me so I went to my local mechanic that I use for inspections and such and had him order the blocks from the same dealer using his 25% shop discount, he is a decent guy and didn't add on any middleman cost for me.
    The part numbers are:
    V Code fronts----F81A-5310-ADB
    X Code fronts----F81A-5310-AFA (what I have)
    B Code rears-----3C34-5560-L
    I hope this has been some help to you. I am more than happy to provide any info, EXperience and opinions about improving and using these great trucks.
    Tom
  3. WE3ZS
    03-29-2011 12:36 AM - permalink
    Part five.......
    With my Toyhauler (11500gvw/1250) tounge hitched up using a decent weight distributing hitch I was able to bring the front back down to stock height (1.25" travel) and the rear was at about the same travel to the rear bumpstops. Far from the best setup for towing heavy, you ran out of suspension travel over just small bumps and dips.
  4. WE3ZS
    03-29-2011 12:34 AM - permalink
    Part four......
    Whatever you do, DO NOT USE A BLOCK ON THE FRONT! It's very unsafe and illegal in PA. Speaking of your front springs go look at them. Check how much space you have between the frame mounted bumpstop and the top of the axle. I only had 1.25" with 70K miles. Thats not much suspension travel for a 9000lb truck! I now have over 4" and it does not bottom out anymore. I INCREASED my front spring CAPACITY by 2700lbs over stock and it rides better due to not bottoming out. It does ride like a truck now but thats fine with us, it is a truck! You may want to look into maybe V codes to give you a little lift/travel on the front to stop the harsh bottoming out against the bumpstops. They will increase the capacity by 900lbs and up the compression rate from the stock 350lbs/inch to 430lbs/inch and provide about 1.75" lift/travel. So if you have 1.25" like I did they would give you 3" of travel and eliminate most all bottoming out.
  5. WE3ZS
    03-29-2011 12:33 AM - permalink
    Part three.......
    You don't really need to change rear blocks, thats beauty of modding the B codes, you get the additional lift of the F series trucks without the cost of new taller truck blocks (my new 3.75" blocks cost me $140, but since I got my springs free it made it easier to swallow!). With the modded B codes you can reuse the factory Ex 2" blocks (they are there already).
  6. WE3ZS
    03-29-2011 12:31 AM - permalink
    Part two......
    As far as what year(s) to look for in a donor truck. Pretty much any 4x4 F-250/350 from 1989 to 2004, in '05 the Superdutys went to coil front springs while the EX's stayed with leaves for their last year. I just saw some F-250 fronts on Craigslist for about $200, but can't remember where, look around some PA locations.
  7. WE3ZS
    03-29-2011 12:29 AM - permalink
    OK, here's part one.
    HD, Glad to help any way I can!
    "Building" the rear spring pack is a peice of cake, half hour job and only basic tools and a couple of decent sized C clamps. It's the number and type of parts you add from the original pack that dictates the amount of lift you will see. I used the two shortest leaves, the Ex's thicker spacers, the EX's cut-off slapper bar leave and F-350 3.75" blocks. Yeah I went big, over 4" of lift with all Ford factory parts! You can mix and match any and all items to get the final result you want. My project was set in motion by the wimpy factory EX springs and how they bottomed out so easily as well as wanting our buggy to be the best tow rig I could make it.
  8. WE3ZS
    03-29-2011 12:19 AM - permalink
    Hey HD, I can't seem to be able to send you a PM, maybe not enough posts for you yet? Might need 25 posts to start that function. I'll try to break my reply up into bite sized peices so it can land here.
    Tom
  9. Oldtrucknut7077
    02-22-2011 07:14 PM - permalink
    Welcome to the PA chapter! Please stop in the general chat thread, introduce yourself and say hi. Thanks,
    Scott
    PA Chapter Leader

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  • About HDBiker67
    Location
    SE PA
    Interests
    Camping, Motorcycles
    2 Letter State/Province (use "--" for outside USA/
    PA
    Country of Residence
    US
    Make
    Ford
    Model
    F-350
    Year
    2015
    Current Mileage
    25,000 - 49,999
    Miles per year
    10,000 - 14,999
    Gender
    Male
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    Jim
    2015 F-350 XLT Dually 6.7L Powerstroke, 4wd, tow 2016 Prime Time Spartan 1242X

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